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2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released on November 12, 1991 by Interscope Records and TNT Records. 2Pacalypse Now is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society, such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy. It featured three singles: "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "If My Homie Calls".

2Pacalypse Now
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
RecordedMarch—August 1991
StudioStarlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California
Genre
Length55:07
Label
Producer
2Pac chronology
2Pacalypse Now
(1991)
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...
(1993)
Singles from 2Pacalypse Now
  1. "Trapped"
    Released: September 25, 1991
  2. "Brenda's Got a Baby"
    Released: October 20, 1991
  3. "If My Homie Calls"
    Released: February 25, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[2]
RapReviews8/10[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

2Pacalypse Now was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 19, 1995.[5] In commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, it was released on vinyl and cassette on November 11, 2016.[6]

Contents

ControversyEdit

The album generated significant controversy stemming from then-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's public criticism after Ronald Ray Howard murdered a Texas state trooper and his defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its strong theme of police brutality. Quayle made the statement, "There's no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society."[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

2Pacalypse Now peaked at number 64 on the US Billboard 200 and number 13 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. On April 19, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. As of September 2011, the album has sold 923,455 copies in the United States.[8]

Track listingEdit

Credits are adapted from the album's Liner Notes[9]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Young Black Male"Tupac Shakur, George Clinton, Harold Brown, Lee Oskar, Charles Miller, Howard Scott, Lonnie Jordan, Morris "B. B." Dickerson, Sylvester "Papa Dee" Allen, Deon "Big D the Impossible" EvansBig D the Impossible2:35
2."Trapped" (featuring Shock G)T. Shakur, Ramone "Pee-Wee" Gooden, Ray TysonThe Underground Railroad4:44
3."Soulja's Story"T. Shakur, D. Evans, Isaac HayesBig D the Impossible5:05
4."I Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring Mickey Cooley, Rodney Cooley and Pogo)T. Shakur, R. GoodenPee-Wee4:20
5."Violent" (featuring Raw Fusion and Mac Mone)T. Shakur, David Elliott, Ronald Brooks, Maceo ParkerRaw Fusion6:25
6."Words of Wisdom"T. Shakur, Gregory Jacobs, Herbie HancockShock G4:54
7."Something Wicked" (featuring Pee-Wee)T. Shakur, Jeremy JacksonJeremy2:28
8."Crooked Ass Nigga" (featuring Stretch)T. Shakur, Randy WalkerStretch4:17
9."If My Homie Calls"T. Shakur, D. Evans, H. Hancock, Arlester ChristianBig D the Impossible4:18
10."Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister and Roniece Levias)T. Shakur, D. EvansThe Underground Railroad3:53
11."Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Stretch)T. Shakur, G. Jacobs, G. Clinton, Ron BanksLive Squad3:29
12."Rebel of the Underground"T. Shakur, D. EvansShock G3:17
13."Part Time Mutha" (featuring Angelique and Poppi)T. Shakur, D. Evans, Stevie WonderBig D the Impossible5:13
Total length:55:07
Notes
  • Additional Vocals on "Trapped" performed by Dank, Playa-Playa and Wiz
  • Telephone Voices on "I Don't..." spoken by Mickey Cooley, Rodney Cooley and Pogo
  • Background Vocals on "Violent" performed by 2Pac, Raw Fusion, and Descaro "Mac Mone" Moore
  • Keyboards on "Crooked..." played by The Piano Man
  • Background Vocals on "Rebel of the Underground" performed by Shock G, Ray Luv, Yonni & Di-Di

SamplesEdit

Young Black Male[9][10]

Trapped[9][11]

Soulja's Story[9][12]

Violent[14]

Words of Wisdom[9][16]

Something Wicked[17]

Crooked Ass Nigga[18]

If My Homie Calls[9][19]

The Lunatic[20]

Rebel of the Underground[21]

Part Time Mutha[22]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[23] 64
US Heatseekers (Billboard)[24] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25] 13
Chart (1996) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums (Billboard)[26] 3
Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[27] 21

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 923,455[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marisa Brown. "2Pacalypse Now - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ McCann, Ian: reissue reviews, Q, April 1997
  3. ^ Emilee Woods. "2Pac :: 2Pacalypse Now :: Interscope Records". rapreviews.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2011. Portions posted at "Tupac Shakur: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  5. ^ "2Pac - GOLD & PLATINUM". RIAA. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. ^ Walker, Angus (3 November 2016). "Tupac's 2Pacalypse Now released on vinyl and cassette". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  7. ^ Broder, John (September 23, 1992). "Quayle Calls for Pulling Rap Album Tied to Murder Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i 2Pac. "2Pacalypse Now" (Album Notes). Interscope Records. 1991.
  10. ^ "Young Black Male by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Trapped by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Soulja's Story by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c "2Pac Releases his Debut Album...(1991)". RVM. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Violent by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  15. ^ a b "2Pac...Now (The Samples)". Hip Hop Is Read. 18 March 2008.
  16. ^ "Words of Wisdom by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Something Wicked by 2Pac feat. Pee-Wee". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Crooked Ass Nigga by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  19. ^ "If My Homie Calls by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Tha Lunatic by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Rebel of the Underground by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Part Time Mutha by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  23. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  24. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  25. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  26. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  27. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Vinyl Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.